Parents Hope Teen’s Death Will Serve to Educate
About the Fatal Accident
Early Sunday morning, 18-year-old Jack Cloudt was killed in an auto accident in West Austin when his car veered off of the road and crashed near the intersection of Steck and Mesa. Jack’s family never thought for a moment that Jack was the one in the accident.
Jack’s best friend, Reece Fish, said that after learning about Jack’s death he kept going to visit the accident site because he just could not believe that his best friend was dead. On Wednesday afternoon, Austin Police said in a press release and open alcoholic beverage was found in the vehicle and “speed and intoxication appear to be a factors in the crash.”
Jack would have started school at the University of Texas in Dallas in August. He had just graduated from Anderson High School in May. Jack loved to write his mother told News reporters. She said that Jack always had a book in his hand, never an iPad. Jack’s family has recently started a scholarship fund named the “Jack Cloudt Creative Writing Scholarship Fund” at his old high school.
Drunk Driving Statistics
The following information was provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):
- In 2014, 9,967 people died in drunk driving crashes – this averages to one death every 53 minutes.
- An additional 290,00 people were injured in drunk driving accidents in 2014.
- On average, two out of every three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.